Clarendon Gaters have to stick to game plan against Hummingbirds

By November 30, 2018

Adhering to instructions will be important for Clarendon Gaters’ aspirations in a tough assignment against defending champions Kingston Hummingbirds in Netball Jamaica’s Berger Elite League fixture at Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m (6:30 ECT).

The game will be followed by a 6:45 p.m. encounter between St. Catherine Racers and St. James Sharpes. Three games had been scheduled but the Manchester Spurs vs St. Ann Orchids encounter was postponed.

Rain and the just-concluded Inter-collegiate leagues prevented teams from practising as much as they would have liked. This is has been an issue for Dalton Hinds, head coach of Clarendon Gaters.

 “Teams have not been training and so you can’t really work on any structure and anything. You have to go in based on knowledge and players’ ability,” he said.

“Sometimes you make some decisions and because the synergy isn’t there it just doesn’t work. I think we can compete effectively if, for the most part, the ladies follow the instructions.”

The task ahead will not be easy as Kingston Hummingbirds are expected to play with more determination after suffering a two-point loss to in-form Manchester Spurs last Saturday. They will be hoping to rebound.

The Hummingbirds won their opening match, but they have been playing without their star and captain, Shanice Beckford, who has been sidelined by injury.

Roy Pryce, who coaches the team with Winston Nevers, indicated that Beckford’s assessment is on-going and they would no doubt welcome her back partnering with goal shooter, Sabrina Spence, who has been carrying the scoring load.

Hinds is not daunted by the prospect of challenging the defending champions.

“You’ve to take a win in this league as it comes because I think the teams are evenly balanced,” he observed.

“Having lost the first game we were able to do an analysis of what went wrong and what we needed to do right. We went back to the drawing board and did what we could’ve done better and came out victorious,” he said of last week’s win.

Still, he believes there is room for improvement.

“We weren’t very clinical in attack. Defensively we were quite good,” said Hinds, who will look to Captain Shadian Hemmings, goal shooter Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes and youngsters Amanda Pinkney and Latanya Wilson to lead Clarendon Gaters’ victory hunt.

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Leighton Levy

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